Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
I. MOSES TYPICAL OF CHRIST AS A DELIVERER.
1. When we were dead in sin, God prepared a Deliverer.
2. Only one Deliverer for the whole race.
3. A Man, like unto His brethren.
4. Moses, like Christ, made no common sacrifice to fulfil the duty with which God had charged him.
II. In no point of view is the character of Moses more venerable, or himself more illustrious as a type of our blessed Lord, than when we regard in him THE APPOINTED MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND ISRAEL, Moses was qualified for this office — by cordial love — meekness — long suffering — dis-interestedness — ever-watchful zeal; so God could have no interest with men except through Christ, who is far more qualified for the office of mediator than Moses.
III. In attempting to estimate the character of Moses as a type of Christ, we must by no means neglect to regard him in his office of LAWGIVER TO ISRAEL. It was necessary that some mode of government should be given to them. This was given by the Most High — through Moses. So, in the mournful captivity of the soul, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, oppose the will of God; and the fallen creature becomes a fatal law unto himself. Even when the condemnation of impiety is removed, and the fetters with which it bound all the passions, and faculties, and principles of the mind are broken, the liberated bond-servant needs a revelation of the Word of God by which his conduct may be governed. Christ a law-giver — assisted at the formation of the law — can best explain it — best enforce it.
IV. Consider his typical character, as THE LEADER AND GUIDE OF ISRAEL. Ye may have fled from Egypt; but are ye beyond the reach of temptation? Have ye passed through all the wilderness of sin and seduction? Have ye triumphed over all your enemies, and received your allotted portion in the habitations of eternal rest and glory? Ye have not. A difficult pilgrimage is before you: but infinite mercy has not left you to wander alone. Your Conductor fully knows the way to that blessedness whither ye are endeavouring to follow Him. Ignorant as ye are, He can give you knowledge — feeble, He can support you — faint, He can refresh you. Lessons:
1. Be persuaded that the gospel is worthy of all acceptation.
2. But if worldly and unholy affections still oppose the influence of that gospel over your hearts, yield not tamely to the slavery they would impose, until ye are provided with an answer to the awful question, How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?
3. It will naturally be asked, Thou that teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? While therefore the ministers of religion are endeavouring to make others wise unto salvation, they may read in this history a rebuke to their own unbelief and timidity.
(R. P. Buddicom, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.